Advisory Council Meeting

June 10, 2010


Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525


Members Present:

Nancy Arthur

David Born

Valerie DiBenedetto


Manfred Diehl

Carolyn Funk

Marcy Greenslit


Howard Hay

Judy Jones

Ellen Pihlstrom


Mary Shultz

Earl Stevens

Stan Ulrich


Sharon Zamora







Members Absent :

Peggy Bowers

Helen Davis

Bill Prather





Staff Present:

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Tom Donnelly

Margaret Long


Katy Mason

Lynette McGowan

Nancy Salazar


Laura Sutherlin







Guests Present:

Elaine Boni

Lynne McClellend

Kristina Seth


Debbie Tellez




Marcy Greenslit called the meeting to order at 1:33 p.m.


The following guests were introduced:  Debbie Tellez, new member, and Nancy Salazar, Deputy Director of Child Support.


Minutes stand as presented. 


Marcy Greenslit presented a certificate of appreciation to Manfred Diehl for his three years of service to this Council.  Caryll Cram, Tim Dolan and Gail Reader certificates of appreciation were mailed.  Marcy reported that she, Margaret and Commissioner Donnelly conducted new member interviews and have selected four people.  Kristina Seth has been reappointed.  One more slot is open and will hopefully be filled with a person from Loveland or Berthoud. 


Stan distributed ballots and asked for nominations for chairperson and for vice-chair.  No nominations were given.  Howard moved to accept the slate of officers by acclamation.  All were in favor.  Marcy Greenslit will continue as chair and Helen Davis will continue as vice-chair. 


Ellen Pihlstrom gave a brief autobiography.

OFFICE ON AGING PARTNER PRESENTATION:  Lynne McClelland, Aging Center of the Rockies

Lynne stated that the Aging Center of the Rockies was created in June, 2007.  Her agency was created from her doctoral work after she found that there wasn’t any particular vehicle for providing this service for the aging population.  She quoted many statistics about aging.  One out of five older people could have a diagnosed depression and out of those five people with diagnosed depression only two will seek help.


The Aging Center of the Rockies offers three services:  Individual counseling services, integrated approach through family counseling and a program for caregivers called COST (Caregiving One Step at a Time).  Services are provided on a sliding scale fee.  They do not accept Medicare or Medicaid.  One of the services they offer is completing an assessment for families who are not sure if their parents can live on their own, or if they need more assistance.  Lynne uses a bio-psycho-social assessment that includes a cognitive piece and functional evaluation.  Other pieces that Lynne offers families are advocacy and coordination of care.


Funding is a problem, and Lynne works on a shoestring budget from grants.  She has a contract with the Office on Aging which pays for the COST program.  During its first year, the program has served approximately 17 people.



Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report

No report given.


Loveland Senior Advisory Board

Earl Stevens reported that a speaker, a representative from McKee, presented information on a "Can Do" program emphasizing healthy eating.  Earl stated that the VITA program in Loveland completed 105 returns.


Foundation on Aging

Mary Shultz reported that the Foundation has three working committees:  Program committee, communications committee and an executive committee.  The Foundation is planning to add a an advocacy committee. 


Larimer County Commissioner

Tom Donnelly stated that he talked with Mary Shultz at the Larimer 101 session about his attendance at this meeting.  Tom apologized and stated that he has a conflict with the Upper Front Range Transportation meeting at the same time.  He stated that he is committed to this Council. 


Human Relations Commission 

Elaine Boni stated that the Commission held a GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender) issues meeting that was very successful.


Community Outreach & Education Committee

Mary Shultz discussed the Special Needs Registry.  This program works with consumers who would require additional assistance in emergency situations.  The Committee is distributing flyers about the program to medical equipment providers.


Media & Public Relations Committee

Marcy Greenslit distributed a copy of the first Coloradoan column submitted by the Office on Aging.  The Committee is reviewing its goals.  Currently the Committee is composed of her and Howard and would like new members.  Marcy stated that a thank you note was sent to Representative Delgrosso for his legislative efforts.


Planning, Funding & Partnership Development Committee

No report given.


Public Policy & Advocacy Committee

Stan stated that he has asked Earl Stevens to publish the housing report in 55 Marketplace News.  Stan has received reports from the Older Americans Coalition regarding proposition 101. 


Margaret Long thanked Marcy for the work she has done this year. 


Margaret stated that she and Laura Sutherlin were late because they were on a conference call about four different federal grant opportunities.  The state will be applying for one of the grants to help fund ARCH.


Margaret reported that the One-Year plan has been submitted to the state and should be approved. 


An email was sent to the Council about Congress extending Medicaid.  If the feds do not extend the funding, Colorado will be looking at an additional $221 million shortfall in the budget. 


Margaret announced that the Strength & Needs Assessment is now in progress.  By the end of the summer we should have the results of this mail-in survey.  We will be able to have information broken down by city for Loveland, Fort Collins and Estes Park. 


Staff Reports

Lynnette McGowan reported that the Caregiver Coalition is looking at another grant opportunity from the Colorado Trust.  The Caregiver Coalition is developing a roadmap to help caregivers become familiar with their services.  This year they plan to work with the Aging Center of the Rockies to design, implement and evaluate a caregiver symposium targeted at ministries for older adults. 


Laura Sutherlin reported that she is constantly looking for ways to fund her position in the Office on Aging.  She is currently working with three streams of funding:  The ARCH continuation grant, MIPPA (Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act) grant and a Colorado Health Foundation grant. 


Katy Mason reported that the Larimer County Alliance for Grandfamilies is also looking at submitting a letter of intent to the Colorado Trust grant.  Katy stated that the Office on Aging is getting involved with Plan Fort Collins.  The Council needs to be at the table when talking about community planning in Fort Collins.  A meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 15 at the American Baptist Church, 600 S. Shields.



Stan Ulrich announced that the All-American Picnic will be held on July 3 at the Fort Collins Senior Center.  There is also a food drive for the Kids Café this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Senior Center parking lot.  The proceeds will help with the expansion of the senior center and the Optimist Club’s Christmas program for under-privileged kids at the Northside Aztlan Center. 


Debbie Tellez announced that 6th annual Senior Law Day will be in August. 



Marcy adjourned the meeting at 2:49 p.m.